Please check the Recreation Page of the new Official WMNF Web Site for additional or up-to-date information!
All of the following trails are utilize the beds of old logging railroads to some degree. The U.S. Forest Service issued trail guides have been reproduced at this Web Site whenever such is available if equivalent information is not available at the Official WMNF Web Site.
Detailed information about all trails is available in the AMC White Mountain Guide published by the Appalachian Mountain Club.
|Trail name||Mi.||Surface||Permitted uses||Ranger District|
|Black Pond Trail||1||Dirt||Pemigewassett|
|Cedar Brook Trail||6||Ballast||Pemigewassett|
|Dry River Trail||11||Ballast||Saco|
|East Branch Trail||8||Ballast||
Snowmobiles allowed on East Branch Road only!
|East Pond Trail||5||Gravel Grass
|Ethan Pond Trail||6||Ballast Grass
|Flat Mountain Pond Trail||9||Ballast||
Snowmobiles allowed from Guinea Pond Trail Jct to Flat Mountain Pond only!
|Franconia Brook Trail||7||Ballast||Pemigewassett|
|Guinea Pond Trail||4||Ballast||Pemigewassett|
|Lincoln Brook Trail||7||Gravel
|Lincoln Woods Trail||3||Ballast||Pemigewassett|
|Little East Pond Trail||2||Ballast||Pemigewassett|
|Moriah Brook Trail||5||Gravel
|North Twin Trail||4||Dirt||Ammonoosuc|
Bikes allowed to the edge of the wilderness area only!
|Pine Bend Brook Trail||4||Gravel||Saco|
|Rob Brook Trail||2||Ballast||
Snowmobiles allowed only on a short portion of the trail!
|Rocky Branch Trail||9||Ballast||Saco|
|Sawyer River Trail||4||Ballast||
Snowmobiles allowed from Meadow Brook Trail to Route 302 only!
|Spider Bridge Loop Trail||5||Gravel||Androscoggin|
|Thoreau Falls Trail||5||Ballast
|Upper Nanamocomuck Trail||9||Ballast||Saco|
|West Milan Trail||5||Gravel||Androscoggin|
|Mi.||Surface||Permitted uses||Ranger District|
|Rail & River Trail||.5||crushed
|Franconia Brook Trail||?|
|Cedar Brook Trail||?|
|Ethan Pond Trail||?|
Visitors to the White Mountain National Forest should note that several of the important paved roads and many gravel roads also utilize old logging railroad beds!
The Ammonoosuc-Pemigewasset Ranger District is re-scoping the public for comments on the proposal to dismantle the J.E. Henry Railroad Trestle. The trestle is located within the Pemigewasset Wilderness approximately 5 1/2 miles from the Kancamagus Highway on the Wildemess Trail, in the Town of Lincoln, Grafton County, New Hampshire.
This roadbed has never been used for railroad purposes, but is included on this Web Site because its history and general characteristics are similar to that of the typical Rail-trail.
The White Mountain National Forest now has an Official Web Site that contains current information about this 'parking permit' program in the 'Recreation' section of the site.
Please note that this fee currently applies only to unattended vehicles parked on WMNF land. Public transit passengers as well as long distance hikers and bikers that park their vehicles elsewhere are totally exempt from this fee!
Additional information and some pictures of the White Mountains is available at the White Mountains Info Server on the Dartmouth College system. Basic information in printed form is also available at all of the WMNF Ranger Stations as well as at numerous tourist information booths in the surrounding area.
The rail-trails based on the logging railroad at Zealand are briefly described in section N of the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press.
Concord Trailways operates two intercity bus routes on a daily basis from Boston via Concord through the White Mountains:
AMC Hiker Shuttle operates two van routes to various trailheads in the White Mountains on a seasonal basis.
North Country Transportation (Freedom Express/Senior Wheels) provides a demand responsive local transportation service to all points in Coos County, NH as well as Littleton, NH.
The Logging Railroads of J.E.Henry by Bill Gove, published in 1998 by Bondcliff Books.
Logging Railroads of the White Mountains by Francis C. Belcher, Fran Belcher, Sherman Adams, Published in July 1990 by Appalachian Mountain Club.
The Webmaster will try to replace the pages of the old sites
with 'change of address notices'
but the importance of updating this new site as well as the
sheer size of the old site and the difficulty of making updates
will certainly prolong a very ugly process!
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